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Friday, 25 April 2014

Mandapeshwar cave

Located in Borivali taluka of Mumbai Suburban district, Mandapeshwar cave, being associated to Shaiv sec Brahmanical rock-cut architecture. This cave consists of a main garbhagriha, antarala, mandapa and open space called prangana in front of it. Provision of stair cases at the level of mandapa is provided, where on its both sides, lions are depicted. Few Shaivaite narrative panels including Natraj, image of Lakulisa in Vyakhyana mudra  are sculpted here. From influence like its counterparts in Ajanta and Aurangabad can be noticed and thus, construction of this cave can approximately be placed in the first quarter of 6th century AD. During the time of Portuguese occupation some addition were done in the form of cells and church above the cave.

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